George W. Rice sounded hopeful in his diary on January 1st, 1882. As photographer to the 1881-1884 Lady Franklin Bay Expedition lead by Adolphus Greely, he had just finished "an excellent New Year's dinner" of turkey. It had been a relaxing day. He noted that many of the party took "a siesta... as they were somewhat exhausted from marching the Old Year out and the New One in." The 31st had been "a cool and pleasant day--the evening was given over to Bacchus and Terpsichore." "Cool" is relative: he recorded the temperature at 34.1 to 46.2 degrees below zero.
To see the diary and learn more about Rice, ask for Stef MS 186.